Budget pasta recipes

Pasta is a great thrifty way to bulk up meals. Try our favourite budget pasta dishes to help with both empty stomachs… and wallets.

Try our creamy fettucine alfredo, a spicy sausage and chilli ragu, vegan squash macaroni cheese and lots more.

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Courgette and taleggio orzo risotto

Courgette and taleggio orzo risotto

Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta and makes a great alternative to arborio rice in this...

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Filini pasta with asparagus, peas and wild garlic pesto

Budget pasta recipes

Filini pasta with asparagus, peas and wild garlic...

Debbie Major’s wild garlic pesto is a winner with any pasta dish. This recipe is...

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Leek, lemon and white bean orzo

Budget pasta recipes

Leek, lemon and white bean orzo

Full of goodness with leek and white bean, the vegetarian pasta recipe is ready in...

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Pasta with anchovies and capers

15-minute meal recipes

Pasta with anchovies and capers

This midweek pasta supper packs a real flavour punch with the anchovies and capers, and...

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Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese recipes

Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese is a childhood classic. The Gruyère, mustard and parsley give this old favourite...

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Ricotta and lemon pasta

Budget pasta recipes

Ricotta and lemon pasta

A quick and easy pasta recipe perfect for a light midweek meal.

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Spicy sausage penne

Budget pasta recipes

Spicy sausage penne

Sausages and pasta in a chilli tomato sauce is a cheap and easy midweek meal...

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Quick chicken arrabbiata pasta

Budget pasta recipes

Quick chicken arrabbiata pasta

Combine chicken, tomatoes, fresh penne pasta and broccoli with a good kick of fresh chilli...

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Pork and chilli tagliatelle in a tomato sauce

30 easy dinner ideas

Pork and chilli tagliatelle in a tomato sauce

Feed a family of four with our quick and budget-friendly pasta recipe, featuring a quick...

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Parma ham, chilli, lemon and rocket linguine

Midweek meal recipes

Parma ham, chilli, lemon and rocket linguine

Pasta is a favourite when it comes to quick weeknight dinners. Simply add chilli, tomatoes,...

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Cheat’s courgette, broad bean and pancetta pasta

Cheat’s courgette, broad bean and pancetta pasta

This indulgent, creamy pasta bake recipe is a real treat that can be thrown together...

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Pasta quattro stagioni

Pasta bake recipes

Pasta quattro stagioni

We’ve transformed the classic Italian pizza – with mushrooms, artichokes, ham and olives – into...

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Easy tuna pasta

Budget pasta recipes

Easy tuna pasta

This tuna pasta recipe is so easy, made with spring onions, sweetcorn and mayonnaise, it...

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Sausage pasta

Budget pasta recipes

Sausage pasta

It makes a change to open up sausages and crumble up the meat inside, and...

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Macaroni carbonara

Carbonara recipes

Macaroni carbonara

This cheap and easy recipe for macaroni carbonara is indispensable. It’s a delicious spur-of-the-moment meal...

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Cheesy cauliflower pasta

Cauliflower recipes

Cheesy cauliflower pasta

This veggie pasta recipe successfully fuses British and Italian cuisine and, at less than a...

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Sage and sausage pasta

Sage and sausage pasta

Cheap to make, this comforting sage and sausage pasta recipe will satisfy the hungriest of...

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Mushroom and bacon pasta

Dinner inspiration in 20 minutes

Mushroom and bacon pasta

If you’re putting bacon pieces into pasta or a risotto, don’t buy expensive rashers or...

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Quick spicy beef and chestnut pasta

Quick spicy beef and chestnut pasta

Introduce the earthy, seasonal flavour of chestnuts to this meaty sauce. You can make this...

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Crispy bacon, chilli and tomato rigatoni

Dinner inspiration in 20 minutes

Crispy bacon, chilli and tomato rigatoni

There’s lots of flavour packed into the budget pasta recipe; with bacon, olives, capers and...

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Tuna chilli linguine

Budget pasta recipes

Tuna chilli linguine

This tuna chilli linguine recipe is quick, cheap and easy and makes for a delicious...

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Basic pasta dough

Budget pasta recipes

Basic pasta dough

Home-made pasta takes no more time, money or effort than making pastry – no special...

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Pastrami, tomato and asparagus pasta

Budget pasta recipes

Pastrami, tomato and asparagus pasta

Just five full-of-flavour ingredients, including asparagus and pastrami, go into this really quick pasta recipe....

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Pork meatballs with wholewheat spaghetti

Budget pasta recipes

Pork meatballs with wholewheat spaghetti

A classic Italian meatball dish that covers all bases – the tomatoes provide vitamin C,...

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